Sekuhun United have announced that Linda Mntambo will be their new captain for the upcoming season.
Mntambo, 32, joined Babin Noko of the Orlando Pirates during the current transfer period.
He was released by the Pirates when his contract ended, but the club paid him a special tribute. The pirates have stated that Mntambo will return to them in a different capacity in the future.
Mntambo was one of the Pirates’ dressing room presenters and was the team’s leader in songs before and after games.
As he left, he wrote a letter to the Pirates about the club he grew up with.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am saddened to have to part ways with the club I grew up supporting,” he wrote.
“A club that is dear not only to my heart, but also to my family. When I look back, I can only think of wonderful memories. I will cherish them forever.
“The family atmosphere at the club, the friendship and brotherhood created between me and my then teammates mean a lot to me and I hope that this does not disappear because of my departure.
“When I head to Sekhukhune United, I will carry with me the teachings of humility, unity, team spirit and everything I learned at the club as I continue to shape myself to become a better athlete on and off the field.”
On Thursday afternoon, Sekuhun revealed on his social media that Mntambo would be their leader on the field.
He will replace Josuf Maart, who captained the club last season but has since left for the Kaiser Chiefs.
Reaction to the club’s announcement on Twitter was positive, with many saying that Mntambo deserved it.
@gen10modise wrote: Deservedly, Linda is a good person with great leadership qualities. He will definitely be a role model for the youth. He is neither proud nor cocky. Great choice.”
@thupanesheldon said “Welcome home Linda, let’s go Babina Noko.” I like what I see here, drop my drop.”